Premiere: 19. 10. 20223,
Church Klarisky, Bratislava, Slovakia

The performance CODES OF BACH, combines the Baroque music and contemporary dance. It originates from Concerto D minor — BWV 1052, composition for harpsichord and string orchestra, by the Baroque composer J. S. Bach.

The principles encoded in the score were translated into contemporary language of dance and music. Decoding the principles of the score reveals entwined relationships between music and dance, between individual layers of music and movement material, and relationships between the Baroque and the present day.

Imagine ourselves being lost in the randomness of present day, where nothing is permanent. Rules are fluid and limits of possibilities are infinite. Instead, everything is aimed at the effect of the pose, the capture of interest just for a moment, whatever precedes it. Can the absence of rules or their constant violation weaken us to the point that we become arrogant, superior, proud, absorbed in individualistic ideas about the importance of our own expressiveness? How body, music, and perception change when rules are established? Not just any rules, those from the Baroque music. Imagine that these limitations enable us to discover interesting possibilities…

The production CODES OF BACH, combines the Baroque music and contemporary dance. It originates from Concerto D minor – BWV 1052, composition for harpsichord and string orchestra, by the Baroque composer J. S. Bach. The original composition is extended by codified improvisation played live by the orchestra. The principles encoded in the score were translated into contemporary language of dance. Decoding the principles of the score reveals entwined and contrapuntal relationships between music and dance, between individual layers of composition and movement material, and relationships between the Baroque and the present-day.

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Credits

Concept, choreography: Katarína Brestovanská
Dance performers: Edita Antalová, Anna Fauro, Shaked Tadmore, Lukáš Záhorák, Zuzana Náprstková
Music: J. S. Bach, Concerto in D minor BWV 1052, Ján Kružliak Jr.
Performed by: Spectrum Quartett: Ján Kružliak Jr. — 1st violin, principal, Miroslav Vilhan — 2nd violin, Branislav Bielik — cello, Peter Dvorský — viola, Adam Štefunko — harpsichord
Costume design: Silvia Fröhlich Zrebná
Production: En Vorentoe o.z. — Katja Thalerová, Soňa Tatić
Technical support: The Bratislava Cultural and Information Centre — BKIS, Slavomír Šmálik
Design of marketing visuals: Marianna Lutková
Photo: Alena Češková
Production: En Vorentoe o.z. — Katja Thalerová, Soňa Tatić
Co‑production: The Bratislava Cultural and Information Centre — BKIS

THE PRODUCTION WAS SUPPORTED BY PUBLIC FUNDS BY SLOVAK ARTS COUNCIL.

Supported by: the Bratislava City Foundation, BSK – Bratislava Self‑governing Region, the Embassy of the State of Israel.
Partners: Telocvičňa – Residential Centre for Dance, Platform for Contemporary Dance, the Centre for Choreographic Development SE.S.TA, ZUŠ J. Kresánka Bratislava.
Organisers: Festival Bratislava in motion, The Bratislava Cultural and Information Centre BKIS, En Vorentoe.

Thanks for cooperation go to: Jana Smokoňová – outer eye, dramaturgy, Marek Žoffaj – musicologist, musician, Kamil Mihalov – piano interpreter, music dramaturge, Zuzana Hojstričová – translation, Katarína Hlavatá – consultation, audit, and to the dancers: Viktória Malá, Katarína Matúšová, Barbora Murínová, Douglas Bateman, Tomáš Janypka, Adam Ster, and Slovak Institute in Berlin.

Our thanks to the partners who supported the artwork in research phase: Slovak Arts Council, NRW Kultursekretariat Wuppertal, Slovak Institute in Berlin, Quartier am Hafen Cologne, Residence – Telocvičňa, Nadácia Cvernovka, Goethe‑Institute, Arts and Theatre Institute, Perform Czech, the EU programme – NextGenerationEU.